Saturday, January 13, 2018

#ShareYourOOPS and Win Tickets to Beautiful Oops!

Love making art and seeing BACT shows for free?

Beautiful Oops explores creating art through mistakes, and we want to see your child's best oops art!

Upload your beautiful oops creations to social media and tag @BACTheatre on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  

Hastag #ShareYourOops and #BeautifulOopsMusical for a chance to win tickets to opening!

Here are the details:

Entries tagging @BACTheatre with both hashtags are eligible for 4 free tickets to January 19th 6:30PM performance.
Entries close at noon on Thursday, January 18th.
Winner drawn at random.
Winner announced Thursday, January 18th at 7pm.
One entry per child.
Winning tickets are not transferable to another date or redeemable for ticket value.
No purchase necessary to win.

We can't wait to see your oops!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Willy Wonka New Year's Bash!

This review of our first ever NYE party comes from Jr. Blogger Sophie Knipp!

Doesn’t everybody like fun parties? 

Well, the BACT New Year’s Eve Bash was a blast that included the musical Willy Wonka, sweet treats, and a fun dance party with the Night Fairy where everyone cheered to the new year. If you want to know more, read on!

The evening began with a quick reception with activities like face painting, a photo booth, raffle drawing, and drinks (for both kids and adults). We were then escorted to the Osher Studio for the main event: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the musical. 

The show is about a poor boy named Charlie Bucket who wins a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. Mary Gibboney, the actress who plays Willy Wonka, said that “A whole lot is different” between the popular movies and the musical; and I agree! 

The most noticeable difference was the oompa loompas.  They were the cutest puppets I have ever seen. 

  Emery Oompa, played by the actress Pauli Amornkul, is an orange fuzzy, 2-eyed, 3 feet tall adorable creature . “The kids love it. It adds another dimension”, said Pauli about using puppets in the show. 

The costumes were creative, especially the masks the actors wore to show they were playing different parts. The set included a colorful lollipop designed floor that made you want to lick it!

 “I think the message of the show is to not be afraid to be yourself... and everyone has a chance to be successful”, said Juan Castro who plays Charlie Bucket.

 After the show, the actors led us to the second theatre where there was a dance party where we counted down to the New Year with the Night Fairy from BACT’s show playing now recommended for ages 8 and up. The party was bumping and thumping with laughter, fun, desserts, drinks, awesome music (by DJ Austin Zumbro and his puppet shark), and lots of balloons in the air!

The BACT New Year’s Eve Bash was a great experience for families! My next blog will be about BACT’s first show in Sunnyvale, Elephant and Piggie. Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Get Silly with Sugar: Willy Wonka Activity Guide

Put your leftover Halloween candy to use and get in the candy factory spirit with these Willy Wonka themed activities before or after you see The Willy Wonka Musical.

If you're like Augustus Gloop and can't get enough chocolate, try your hand at making your own chocolate goop.

If edible wallpaper is your treat of choice, try your hand at this edible wallpaper.  It's the perfect project for cookie cutters and free hand cutouts.  The best part is, if you don't like your first attempt, eat it and start over!

Get scientific with some holiday mints, and learn all about the density of different kinds of candy.  What floats, what dissolves, and what does candy start to look like as it digests?  So many questions, Wonka helps you find the answers. 

If your life is lacking candy, don't worry.  Grab some string, sugar, and water and grow your own rock candy.  Make it extra fancy with the food coloring and flavoring of your choice.  How many colors can you create? 

You many not have your own fizzy drink that makes you fly, but what if you could make M&M's float?   Try this fun experiment, and think light thoughts!

Have some of your own Wonka inspired projects?  Share with us on social media

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dressing Up with The Night Fairy

There's nothing cooler than an awesome fairy costume.  So, with Halloween just around the corner and The Night Fairy taking flight on our new Second Stage in downtown Berkeley, we collected some awesome costume ideas to make your garden adventure with Flory, her animal friends, and foes even more exciting.

Accessorizing is key:

If you're looking for some classic fairy accessories to accompany the amazing outfit already in the dress-up box, try this tutorial for the perfect DIY wand and floral crown.

Don't forget to FLY:

If you're currently lacking the perfect set of wings, here's an easy tutorial to make wings for a fairy of any age and size.  Make some mom and me wings, or wings for the whole family!

Would you rather be another garden creature?

If you prefer eight legs over two, a beautiful garden spider is the way to go.  For a costume that will turn heads and only require a short trip to the hardware store, this tutorial will have you spinning a web in no time! 

If you'd rather fly than climb:

This cute bird cape is the perfect no-sew project.  Add a matching mask, or get clever with a headband, hat, or matching fabric braided into hair. 

Or, maybe you prefer life as a wallflower: 

Pick a favorite flower, or grab some friends to make a whole bouquet!  Copy your favorite flowers in your own garden, or what you see on weekend trips to the farmers market with this cute felt DIY costume. 

Whether you love to dress up during the Halloween season or year round, The Night Fairy is ready to inspire your next collection of garden fashions.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Donating Your Birthday to BACT

Recently, we caught up with Danyelle, who donated her birthday to BACT on Facebook last month. 

Here's what she had to say. 

Of all organizations to donate your birthday to, why BACT?

Facebook's algorithms are pretty amazing. I search for BACT show information on my phone frequently enough that the sponsored ads for BACT pop up a lot on my feed so when Facebook asked me if I wanted to start a fundraiser for my birthday, the images of BACT as a bright, colorful non-profit ad were stuck in my brain enough for me to remember them and search for them as an organization on Facebook. Social media ad exposure works!

But aside from that, my first experience with BACT has always stuck with me, a rainy Saturday morning, my son and I went to see Bloom Kaboom in Montclair and everything about it was magical. From the sets to the actors to the smile on my toddler's face. I was enchanted. 

My first experience with BACT has always stuck with me, a rainy Saturday morning, my son and I went to see Bloom Kaboom in Montclair and everything about it was magical.

What drew your family to BACT?

I was a new-ish mom looking for resources of things to do with my son on the weekend. I happened upon the Rookie Moms blog which led me to 510families which led me to BACT and it's been a favorite of ours ever since.

What shows have you enjoyed the most, why?

I've enjoyed every show but probably the shows that are for the very young because of the artistry involved in breaking down complex concepts into bite-sized, easy to understand moments for children. 

What do you value most as a family about your experiences at BACT?

I value the time I spend at the performance not glued to my phone and fully present with my child and what we are experiencing together. 

How do you hope your contribution will help bring tolerance to the Bay Area?

I hope that my contribution will help the organization further it's mission and bring the experience of the theatre to children of all backgrounds and income status because the theatre is not just for the privileged, it's an even playing field and everyone starts out the same and that's how life should be. Theatre is a space of exploration and expression and every child should get that opportunity. Putting your self in someone else's place and feeling their feelings is acting, empathy, and fosters tolerance all at the same time. 

 The theatre is not just for the privileged, it's an even playing field and everyone starts out the same and that's how life should be.  

BACT gets parents... They get that kids will need something so before a show starts so there are books or coloring pages, or the entire area of Fairyland. BACT gets that kids are wiggly and so there are interactive elements. I don't have to be worried that my kid will spoil something because BACT artists aren't expecting perfectly behaved children. I'll keep buying tickets and keep going to shows because my son loves them and I love seeing my son captivated by art, in any form.  

Thanks so much Danyelle for helping bring the joy of live theatre to children across the Bay!  Cheers to another great year!

Do you have a story to share with BACT?  Let us know! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: An Enjoyable Show for Children

Check out our Jr. Blogger Kara's thoughts on the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show!

On Friday, I got to see the student matinee show of The Very Hungry Caterpillar put on by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre and inspired by Eric Carle’s books.  This play includes the books, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Mister Seahorse, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The characters are life-size puppets controlled by puppeteers who use bars and their bodies to make them walk and talk.   The puppets themselves are colorful, majestic, and bright, especially the seahorse from Mister Seahorse.  The polka-dotted donkey puppet from The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse was neat because the colors were fun and the actors did a good job making him dance around.  I laughed when they played hide-and-seek.  It was like magic.  

The set was made up of moving set pieces that looked like trees, seaweed and lots of other things.  Also, the background would change color depending on what was going on in the scene.  The music and sound effects were captivating.  All this helped make the story come alive.  They had a narrator to help the characters tell the story; it really helped portray Eric Carle’s books well.

My favorite story was The Lonely Firefly.  It was about a Firefly looking for some friends to play with.  At first, he finds a lamp, a candle and a flashlight, but he can’t find any other fireflies to play.  Finally he finds his firefly friends and they joyfully dance around in the night.  I loved this production because it retold the story just like the book would.  I enjoyed the show immensely. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a show that young children would enjoy.    

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Teddy Bear's Picnic Activity Guide

If you and your little loved the immersive experience of Teddy Bear's Picnic, keep the fun rolling with these at home activities and treats.

Read the Book

If you don't already have this classic story as a board book, now is the perfect time to read it while on a picnic of your own!

Bear Potato Stamps

Get out a potato and some butcher paper for this super fun painting activity.  Help your little one create a bear paw potato stamp, and start creating bear tracks!  Where is your bear going?  What will they eat when they get there?

Bear Map

Keep the tempera paint and butcher paper out for this great activity as you work together to draw out your bear-finding map!  Where does your bear hide?  What kind of plants grow in that area?  Do any of those plants grow near your home?

Teddy Bear Toast

If you're not sure what to bring on your bear-hunt picnic, teddy bear toast will be a quick and easy hit with the whole family, and your Instagram followers.  Mix it up with bears on toaster waffles, pancakes, or even rice cakes!  What kinds of bears can you make?

Do you have any other awesome Teddy Bear's Picnic activities or book suggestions?  Tell us about it in the comments our on social media!